v. man·aged, man·ag·ing, man·ag·es
a. To have charge of; direct or administer: manage a company; manage a portfolio of assets. See Synonyms at conduct.
b. To exert control over; regulate or limit toward a desired end: manage the news to minimize political repercussions; managed smokestack emissions.
c. To direct or supervise (employees or other staff): She manages 20 people in the department.
d. To act as the manager of (a performer, for example).
2. To succeed in accomplishing, achieving, or producing, especially with difficulty: managed to get a promotion; managed a polite goodbye.
3. To succeed in coping or dealing with: a drug that improves patients' ability to manage their disease.
1. To direct or conduct business affairs.
2. To continue to get along; carry on; cope: learning how to manage on my own.
[Italian maneggiare, from Vulgar Latin *manidiāre, from Latin manus, hand; see man-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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